Dunwoody College from Minneapolis will set up a training center this fall in Winsted, MN in an effort to quickly respond to the West Region’s manufacturing employment needs. A skilled worker shortage is impacting manufacturers located between Delano-Winsted-Hutchinson-Litchfield. This fall twelve students will be admitted for a one semester (approximately 16 weeks) Welding Technician Program with a second welding class following in March 2015. Depending on employment needs for the local industries, a CNC Machine Operator Program would begin in September, 2015. To complement the training eleven businesses have formed a legal entity, “MOVE LLC” – “Manufacturing Opportunities for Vocational Employment” which will provide employment opportunities for successful graduates of these programs.
These industry recognized, non-credit training programs provide a “local” alternative to the traditional 2-year and 4-year post-secondary college pathways. They also allow recent high school graduates or other adult learners the opportunity to live at home or stay in the immediate area while enrolled in this training. Eliminating high living expenses that accumulate over time at away campuses is a win for students who want to keep college debt at a minimum. The Corporate and Community Training Center (CCTC) also creates a “win-win” situation for employers desperate for skilled workers as well as the graduates of these programs who will be offered immediate employment with a good wage and benefits. Class sizes will be small with an emphasis on hands-on applied learning utilizing customized curriculum focusing on the skills needed by the local manufacturing companies.
Enrollment has opened for the first “Fast Track” welding program scheduled to begin on September 15, 2014. The former NAPA parts building in downtown Winsted owned by Millerbernd Manufacturing is being converted into the Dunwoody CCTC, and within the next month signage will reflect the new name: Dunwoody’s Corporate and Community Training Center (CCTC)–West Region.
An information session open to everyone in the community is scheduled at the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted H.S. for Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. The training programs and enrollment information will be discussed at this meeting and enrollment will be based on a first come first serve basis. Local manufacturers looking to hire graduates from these programs will also be present.
Dunwoody College is pleased and excited to respond to industry’s immediate training needs in this part of the State serving a new population not reached by Dunwoody’s Minneapolis campus. Thank you to Trevor Millerbernd, Millerbernd Manufacturing’s CEO, for providing leadership for this initiative as well as the local manufacturers that have joined the MOVE, LLC. A thanks also goes out to the local Chambers of Commerce for their support and outreach to businesses including the Winsted Chamber of Commerce, the Litchfield Chamber of Commerce and the Waconia Chamber of Commerce as well as the City of Winsted and the Southwest Initiative Foundation for participating in past discussions.
Registration is on a first come first served basis:
1. Applicants must visit a MN Workforce Center to complete The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) which is currently free of cost and focuses on occupational skills needed for workplace success. MINNESOTA WORKFORCE CENTER LOCATIONS
2. Applicants must achieve an average score of a Level 3 for welding and a level 4 for CNC machining.
3. Registration into the welding program requires enrollment into each of the 4 welding classes listed below.
4. In order to secure your position in the program you are required to pay for at least the first two courses at the time of initial registration. WELD01120 Introduction to Welding Theory and WELD01110A Introduction to Welding Lab must be paid for in full to hold your spot.
5. Full payment for all 4 classes is required by September 2nd 2014.
|WELD01120||Introduction to Welding Theory|
|WELD01130||Welding Math, Prints & Symbols|
|WELD01110A||Introduction to Welding Lab|
|WELD01110B||Advanced Welding Lab|
Welding Technician Program at CCTC – West Region Starting March 2015
|CNCM1050||Algebra, Trigonometry & Geometry|
|CNCM1100||Measurement, Materials & Safety|
|CNCM1110||Job Planning, Benchwork & Layout|
|CNCM1120||CNC Milling Level I|
CNC Machine Operator Program at CCTC – West Region Tentative Start: March 2016 Coming Soon